Structurally, we felt that the system was actually contrary to the goals of the GLSO. The GLSO intended to provide a safe and supportive place for people of all identities, and the classification system implied LGBT people were deviant and not worthy of serious consideration.
Therefore, we decided to try to design our own uniquely for the GLSO collection.
The city of Lexington prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and GLSO filed a complaint against the company with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission.
"In short, HOO's declination to print the shirts was based upon the message of GLSO and the Pride Festival and not on the sexual orientation of its representatives or members," Ishmael wrote, noting that the company had refused other orders, including promotional shirts for a local strip club, based again on Adamson's religious beliefs.